Innovation and Growth in OC Main Focus at Executive Next Practices Forum

Past Tides
January 30, 2019 By Ethan Perez

The Executive Next Practices (ENP) Institute recently hosted one of their ENP Forums at the Cove @ UCI Applied Innovation.

The event titled “Building Sustained Innovation & Growth: Strategic Partnering in 2019” centered on ways in which companies are enhancing their internal innovation efforts and building their disruptive competitive advantage.

CEO of the ENP Institute, Scott Hamilton, kicked off the event and, along with information on the main theme of the night, provided tips on how companies can maintain relevance and market share. “Ecosystems take time to build. But once you establish a track record, then it tends to pull the market along with you,” said Hamilton. “That’s what this is all about tonight: We’re making a lot of progress with our ecosystem here in Orange County.”

The first round of speakers from the Orange County area included Jerry Braakman, executive vice president, chief investment officer and managing director at First American Trust; Debbie Nix, vice president of human resources and risk management at Covenant Care; Feyzi Fathei, CEO of Corent Technology, Inc.; and Shawn Dougherty, COO and founder of EXOIO, and Applied Innovation board member. Each shared stories of leveraging innovation to continue growth, the hurdles faced when establishing a culture of innovation and the successes made possible by thinking differently.

Following the first four talks, attendees participated in a brainstorming workshop, creating a collaborative and engaging environment with professionals from disparate industries – a staple of ENP Forums.

After reconvening, Kate Klimow, chief administrative officer and director of external relations at UCI Applied Innovation, and chair of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce; and Linda DiMario, executive vice president of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, inspired the attendees with their own reflections.

“Of the roughly $20.9 billion invested into UCI startups – be it startups using UCI intellectual property or startups created by UCI alumni – nearly 40 percent has been invested in the last three years.” Klimow said, echoing Hamilton’s earlier statement. “It shows the intensity of the growth in a very short period of time and what is possible in a collaborative ecosystem.”

For more information about Applied Innovation’s ecosystem partners and upcoming events, click here.

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